Our go to spot in Canggu was Grocer & Grind. Already a successful cafe in Seminyak, the touristy part of Bali, G&G opened up a brand new location down the street from our villa. It has A/C, wifi, amazing coffee and a cheap beautiful breakfast, what more could you ask for? 

I find myself falling out of hate and learning to appreciate foods in nearly every country we visit. This time it was the poached egg. Grocer & Grind mastered the poached egg and I’ll forever love them for that. 

Frequenting the restaurant as much as we did, we began to make friends with the servers. One server in particular was named Agoon. Towering over almost everyone he met, the 6’6 server was quite literally a friendly giant. He welcomed us with a smile everyday and would tell us stories about when he use to work on a cruise ship. He may not be making as much money as he did on the cruise ships, but he gets to see his family and he says he can’t deny his love for his homeland.  

I can’t deny my love for Bali either, Agoon. 

I’m so excited we made the trip up to Ubud. The village is more famously known for where Elizabeth Gilbert learned to “love” in Eat, Pray, Love. I’m surprised she didn’t fall in love with all 600 of these guys! Bananas are available for purchase at the beginning of the sanctuary, but hide them quickly! As soon as I purchased, a monkey jumped on me and began eating a banana right out of my hand. These little (and sometimes big) critters love for bananas far exceeds their fear of humans. It was an amazing afternoon playing, feeding and learning about the monkeys. (Rule #1 don’t look directly into their eyes! It makes them nervous and will result in nibbles and bites.)

Meet Yogi. His parents own the petrol and corner shop by our apartment. He may only be 8 or 9 but he can run the shop by himself. The petrol is sold in old Absolut bottles for 70 cents a piece. Yogi fills up your scooter, asks you a few questions in English and you scoot away thinking he’s the cutest kid in all of Bali.

Spikes.

A few years back I watched the documentary that Spike Jonze directed about Maurice Sendak, writer of Where the Wild Things Are. It was dark and beautiful. But that was the type of person Maurice was. It’s available to watch on Hulu

Last weekend we watched Spike Lee’s Bad 25 documentary that aired on ABC back in 2012. Last year, Beyonce mentioned in an interview that the documentary made a big impact on her creatively. It’s a wonderful bit of insight to the creative genius MJ really was. He couldn’t play a single instrument, but he would sing the exact cords he wanted the guitarist, trumpeter, etc to play.

Everything truly is a remake of everything. Clearly things MJ did inspired Beyonce to create her mini-movies that she most recently released as her album. And in this documentary you’ll see all the things that inspired MJ’s epic Bad album. 

Plus, haven’t you always wondered who Anne was and why is MJ so insistent on knowing if she’s okay. If you’ve got an hour, it’s available on YouTube.